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Royal Wedding is marker of representation, diversity

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Saturday morning Sheila Cobble threw a Royal Wedding watch party for members of the Black Doll Affair, an organization she's proud to be a part of.

About 30 women got dressed up for the affair and met before the sun came up. It was a much anticipated event for the ladies, who were eager to see Meghan Markle, a bi-racial American, marry into royalty.

"With Meghan Markle, who is basically our sister, is going to be now a princess," says Cobble. "It was very important to show support, just from our organization. We support each other. We support black women."

The Black Doll Affair exists to improve self-esteem in young black children. It started as a result of the infamous doll tests from years ago, where black children associated black dolls with being bad and ugly and preferred white dolls.

The ceremony did not disappoint, taking the ladies on an emotional roller coaster.

"I'm crying because I believe in fairy tales," says Belicia Hill. "I believe in fairy tales and this to me is just letting everybody know that dreams can come true."

In 2015, Markle told Elle Magazine that she struggled with her identity as a mixed-race child, and said she even witnessed someone call her mother the "N" word.

Her experiences, shared by so many other people of color, made Saturday's wedding all the more meaningful especially for the little ones watching.

"I think she looked beautiful and I think it's great to have an African American princess," says 11-year-old- Gabriella Harrison.

Diversity throughout the ceremony drew cheers from the ladies, who left today's watch party inspired and proud.

Markle is the first American to marry into the royal family in 80 years and she now has a new title, the Duchess of Sussex. 

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